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Mar 22, 2011 2:00am EDT
address e glacier melt in the andes. in addition, a new u.s.-chile business council will encourage coaboration between our countries and areas like energy efficiency and renewable technologies. our governments have agreed to share our experience in dealing with natural disasters, area where chile has enormous expertise which is critical to recovery and economic reconstruction. we discussed our shared commitment to expanding education exchanges among our students. we can learn from each other and bring our country even closer together. in my speech i will announce an ambitious new initiative to increase student exchanges between the u.s. and latin america, including chile. even as we deepen cooperation between our two countries, i want to take this opportunity to commend chile for the leadership role is increasingly playing across the americas. chile is a vital contributor to the un mission in haiti, where we agreed that yesterday's election is an opportunity to enhance recovery efforts. strong legislation will fight the scourge of human trafficking. mr. president, i want to thank y
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Mar 3, 2011 2:00am EST
bill -- kendall. all witnesses will be sworn in. please, rise and raise your right hand. >> to u.s. currency tested money will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the church? >> thank you. >> all witnesses answered in the affirmative. we will move to opening statements. alydar appreciated if you keep your verbal comments to 5 minutes. you should have a live there. i would appreciate it if he could wrap up your comments. we have this nice and beautiful room. to make sure the button is pushed so we can all hear you. thank you. >> midmorning. b -- good morning. i am a former acting co-chair of the commission on iraq and afghanistan. a participating with me is commencing co-chairman michael tebow. i will talk about a few points. i am a retired u.s. army officer. i am an executive secretary to the national security council. he was also a army and served 35 years in the department of defense. he is also worked in the private sector as a consultant. we are here on behalf of all the commissioners to approve release of a special report to the congress which we have titled "iraq,
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00am EST
elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 1998 at the age of 32. when 1995 to 2007 he served in the u.s. senate. in 2000 he was elected to the position of senateepublican conference chairman. he became one ofhe most successful government reformers in our history. taking on washington's powerful special interests from the moment he arrived. along with john boehner and others he was one of the famous gang of seven that expose post office scandals and it was his record that prompted a reporter to write in a recent article that santorum was a tea party kind of guy before there was a tea party. he is the author of the welfare reform act that has empowered millions to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce. he wrote and championed the legislation that [unintelligible] and the combatting autism act because he believes each and every individual by you and the most notably to be protected. he fought to maintain fiscal sanity in washington before was fashionable come out fighting for a line-item veto. he proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending, and developing a spend
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00am EDT
interesting, even fascinating but top-secret cables from the u.s. government, what would you do? would you put them on the air? >> each of us has our of star we steer by. we reported on them. that was a way of putting them on the air. ? but that was after the york times broke the story. >> yes, we would have done what he did. it was said that people trust sad revolutionaries and you have to somewhat less than the contradiction of these moments in journalism. if you are reluctant or likely to the philosopher being dragged out of the cave, if you are duly reluctant to do any thing that might inadvertently compromise a life because you don't know who is being exposed, that is your beginning. i assume they did everything that they absolutely could. you just have to make your individual news organization decision about how much time you have and what the proportion is. there was a lot of thit. we know those guys around the world. one guide is writing that cable that suddenly shows up in wikileaks. i am sure somebody thought nobody read his cable. what we learn from them and what we would ha
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Mar 11, 2011 2:00am EST
muslim communities. so i want to ask this to dr. jasser. do you feel that u.s. government has done andequate job learning about islam and how islamic doctrines affect the behavior and community norms of muslims residing in america and how does islamic doctrine and sharia law shape the responsiveness of local u.s. muslim communities to law enforcement efforts that target islamic jihad? >> thank you congressman duncan. it's a wonderful qution and as we talked about there are various forms of islam. around the world. sharia means very different things to different muslims. in my home it is a private thing. do i want it in the government? absoluly not. that is the doctrine of the enemy. they want to create an islamic state. there is no concept that that could be a great alive the united states. there are two different lenses through which we see the world. we're ales with other democracies which are secular but one based in sharia would be impossible. this is why i provided a list of scholars in my testimony that are based for the assembly, these scholars are still based in islamic law
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Mar 14, 2011 10:00am EDT
of the federal reserve. [applause] in fact, the federal reserve is now the largest holder of u.s. treasuries. china oman -- china owns almost $1 trillion of u.s. treasurys. the president of china is president hu. it could be rightly said, hu is your daddy. [laughter] but now you could say that ben bernanke is their daddy. as the head of the federal reserve. another figure is $107 trillion. that is the estimate of the unfunded federal net liability for social security and medicare. let me repeat this in case anyone missed to this. look at all those zeroes. this is reality. this is why we have to take on a 65% of the federal budget. our current budget this year, we are $3.80 trillion in a budget for its 65% of that our entitlement programs, social security, medicare, medicaid. $107 trillion, the number up there is wrong, that is the estimated unfunded liability of social security. this year is the second year in a row the social security has been sending more money out in checks than what they are taking in. that is six years at a time of what the projections were. by 2017, medicar
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 3:56am EST
of international travelers before they board u.s.-bound flights through the immigration advisory program. this budget also strengthens surface transportation security by supporting 12 new visible intermodal prevention and response, otherwise known as viper teams which conduct operation sltion throughout the transportation sector to prevent potential terrorist activity. the request also provides funding for securing the cities program, to protect our highest risk cities from a radiological or nuclear attack and makes a significant investment in the national bio and agra defense facility that provides enhangsed diagnostic capabilities to protect our country from foreign animal and emerging diseases. and the request expands support for the national network of state and local fusion centers to provide local law enforcement with the tools to address threats to our communities. now, to secure and manage our borders, the request continues the administration's historic border security efforts by supporting 21,370 border patrol agents and 21,186 u.s. customs and border protection officers
CSPAN
Mar 25, 2011 2:00am EDT
. when we think that in the world only 19% of the parliamentaries are women. i think that in the u.s. it's 16%, if i'm not wrong. and so we have a long way to go. if you think on one hand too, the government of the states, only 19 were women. we really are in bad shape. i'm not saying that's the global average. in conflict countries, i mentioned the average. of the 27 countries in the world that have achieved 30 or more than 30% of parliament -- female parliamentarian, only five of them, i believe it's the northern countries, probably, did not need the quota. in other words, only a quota would meet more women for the representation. inspite of increased awareness, the pace of international action. much more can be said about missed opportunities for women and engagement in the work of peace. rather than looking forward, let us focus on the way ahead. and what i see on the whole are many opportunities for women, empowerment, waiting to be seized. underlying these opportunity is the new international consensus, the secretary general has build around issues of women, war, and peace. the
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Mar 29, 2011 6:00am EDT
. has al-jazeera english. were you born in the u.s.? did you go to college here in washington? are you six-foot eight? [laughter] >> all of the above. i was born in egypt. my parents immigrated to the u.s. when i was 5 years old. went to school right down the street at american university. i started working for nbc news right across the street from american university. i started off as a desk assistant. i was handed out newspapers in the morning and answering phone calls. most of the time i was justin all of the correspondence, but it was a great environment to see how people operate in the high-pressure environment. the summer that i started i was actually going to leave journalism. my parents were like you have a master's degree, this is not what you're born to be working on. i actually stayed through by chance until 9/11 happened and the rules of the game completely changed. there was all this talk about the war in iraq following year. this is what led me to cnn and ultimately to iraq. >> you skipped one of the questions. >> 6 bef foot four. >> you have not mentioned saudi arabi
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 6:00am EDT
why, you know, what with the u.s. supreme court, how would they decide this case? she would take a corn off the table? >> i think that acorn is a decision that is no longer good law, and i think this court should say that. nonetheless, i think that there are distinction between this ordinance and one in a court that even if acorn remained good law would render this ordinance still unconstitutional. >> as to the facts of acorn, or because the ordinance has brought us -- >> i think the ordinance both in acorn and in this case incoming solicitation of business is broader than what was directed by that camp echo did with the solicitation of money. >> so as to the particular facts of acorn? >> i think there's a supreme court has made clear ago talk about solicitation for any exchange of money, that is due for. >> industry weather was traffic problem. >> that is content neutral. >> what's the different about having some extent into your car? taken to the transaction to. you don't put out cash but surely cash is not was not key in acorn. immediate exchange your the way these transactions
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 6:00am EDT
school made, but they've all been dispersed throughout the u.s. or other parts of the world. once they are stitched back together, they are learning all of them have can't or come a similar types of cancer and were able to pinpoint the mac one location. so i know there's been each of these up there that are involved, but there's one particular type reported and compiles data and then are the actual people and actual sources as this map would kind of indicate. so they need a specific place to report to come and not just cdc come this summer they can report actual cancer. not necessarily where they currently reside. and being able to possibly share of the data because i don't know what exists that cdc ordered atsdr does, but to be able to share data between local, state and agencies to have and see what we are missing because we're not reporting it to agencies who were supposed to making the words. the information is getting lost. >> i agree. and i think again the sharing of data and as you say were in the face of a cage that does make this so much easier. ms. solomon. >> yes, your point
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 2:00am EST
that is used in the u.s. and manufactured by u.s. manufacturers, but much of the precursor comes from china, which i think has more pigs than any place in the world. >> we have a lot in ohio, too, and we would like to compete in this market. >> but it cost, as you pointed out, serious allergic reactions and many deaths. >> do we know how many deaths yet? >> in terms of the documented deaths, i think -- nine >> why is it impossible to know? >> because sometimes the providers don't make the association between the death of a patient and the contaminated heparin. they often have complex medical illnesses, and when a person expires, the connection was not necessarily made that it was because of the heparin. as with all the investigation and we began to understand the and between the hepaeriarin fatalities, we know that it took a serious toll. in response, we have put in place and number of protective measures, a new screening tests and safety systems, also working with regulatory authorities in china on this and working with the private sector so that we have safeguards that this kin
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 6:00am EDT
concept of dominoes they came after the invasion of iraq previous administration and the u.s. said the arab countries are dominoes don't, domino pieces and they will fall one after the other. what happens is these projects fell like domino effect. [applause] [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: and because some have very short memories on satellite channels, let me remind them. not everything that happens our conspiracy. because now they are ready to commence on the speech. but you, sons and daughters of this nation, your dedication to your country that you expressed day after day, and more clearly in times of crisis that you expressed it yesterday with those mass rallies in all parts of the country give me more confidence and make me steadfast, and that you work in face of the division give me hope for the future. and if you said with our soul and with our blood, sacrifice for you, the right thing to say is bashar assad sacrifices for his country. [chanting] [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: and i answer you, god, syria, the people. [applause] [speaking in native to
CSPAN
Mar 7, 2011 10:00am EST
was the house -- what was the house's most recent response? they cut programs to help u.s. factories retooled to make much cleaner cars. that, in my view, it is insanity masquerading as fiscal discipline. we are without hope -- we are not with helout help. sending strong fuel economy standards for 2017 model years and follow-up on initial improvements that were going into effect this year and were settled in 2009. it needs to complete the first fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks. it can encourage congress to increase the availability of incentives for people to buy efficient cars and electric vehicles and create incentives -- to run on -- [no audio] >> we are having some technical problems with our signal from the center for american progress action fund this morning. we look to continue with our live coverage today here on c- span. now back to the center for american progress action fund and more remarks from john podesta this morning. he will be introducing henry waxman. >> export them to the rest of the world. american workers can succeed at the millions of new jobs t
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 2:00am EST
to authorities of benefit from travel for u.s. visitors and then later goes on to say that the results suggest that for cuba the loosening of travel restrictions help offset the decline and the arrivals from the global financial crisis. and it goes on. in the interest of time, madam secretary, i'd like to continue to work with you because it is evident that the loosening of the restrictions are frankly helping the regime, not helping at. it is helping to fund the regime at that time when this administration has said publicly on more than one occasion the situation in cuba, the economy is in dire straits, and yet, according to the imf and others, we are now being one of the -- the united states through travel such as possibly the muslim brotherhood. >> well, first we are working closely with of the so-called staff, the supreme council of the armed forces field marshal who is the head of the organization has served with a guardian and caretaker of the state of egypt and is also leading the transition to democracy. they are very pleased when among the first act was to issue a stat
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 6:00am EDT
people get jobs and go back to work. i follow with interest to continue outsourcing of u.s. jobs, including by pharmaceutical companies, making medicines and devices everyplace else in the world and moving jobs outside of our country. every day i asked myself, how could we make goods in america again so people can go back to work? there are some who believe that we can fix what is wrong with our economy not by creating jobs in our country but by simply cutting back on public health and safety, as is evidenced in hr-1, the continuing resolution offered by the majority party. cuts inspectors for food safety. i want to turn to questions i have asked in the past regarding tracking what is going on with the manufacturing of heparin, the cost of that through public sector in medicare and medicaid, and go back to march, 2008 when the new york times had an article that said the food and drug administration had linked it to 19 deaths and hundreds of severe allergic reactions, though the agency was continuing to investigate. those deaths and a large degree actions were due to components th
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 2:00am EST
. we had to do a work around for the first three years. it was hard to wis. -- are u.s. -- a it was very arduous. they give the profession to manipulated as they saw fit. there is a significant delay. it is the dividends and not us permission. >> would you like to reply? >> she did say that was for rising and not at&t. is that a net neutrality issue? >> microphone, please. >> i think companies are free to price their companies. how they choose to price them may help some companies and hurt others. that is within their purview. none of the things cited with net neutrality violations. >> my time is up. i know you have been under to repudiate. at&t was the preferred no role. it is my understanding that you think they landed on the reasonable middle ground. it removes the uncertainty. is that an accurate description? >> it is. it provided them and they interpret this role. they stated that they supported it. of the underlying legislation. h.r. 836 repeals the emergency mortgage relf program and rescinds and permanently cancels all unobligated funds. it directs the secretary of housing a
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 2:00am EDT
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CSPAN
Mar 4, 2011 2:00am EST
programs. u.s. for that you cut. -- you left some that you cut. >> >it is a point of personal privilege. the time has expired. do you wish to add additional response? he may continue to respond in writing if you feel like it. the chair recognizes mrs. baldwin. >> thank you for being here. i wanted to start by reacting to some of the other comments that were made. he noted that we switched sides. it was because of this law. i disagreed. i think the last election was about jobs. instead of focusing on jobs, the new majority has made it their first order of business to repeal the affordable care act. that is one of the first votes we took. that is already providing life- saving coverage to many who did not have it. instead focusing on jobs, the new majority has attempted to deny funding and implementing the affordable care act. the new majority has offered house resolution 1. they said it would be to the loss of 700,000 jobs. instead of focusing on jobs, they are presenting budgets embedded with policies that have medicaid and showed the implementation. wisconsin used to have a reputation
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 6:00am EST
that could have a devastating effect on the capital in u.s. financial institutions. this rule proposed by the irs could lead to several hundred billion dollars leaving the united states to low tax just -- jurisdictions. it is my understanding that for the past 90 years our national policy has been to encourage foreigners to put their money in our banks. that money goes to work in the united states economy in exchange for those individuals to earn metrics. they have the insurance their money is safe and sound. they also have the assurance that corrupt governments don't have access to that information. i think that is a win/win situation made you are shaking your head yes that you do too. the proposed irs rules would force banks to hand over interest payment information to the irs. there would be no tax but the irs would in turn have this information to turn over to a forerunner's bonet country. this is a bad idea as proposed in 2001. wisely the administration and congress rejected. it was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now and i look forward to working with you so that we
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 2:00am EST
, there's a product substitution case, you know, you could be putting, you know, u.s. men and women in, you know, at risk. >> now, it seems to me with regards to past performance you need three things. you need to have the reports in the system, you've got to have input, they've got to be well written, they have to be quality reports, and then later on someone has to use them. the point isn't to collect the information and put it in a file, the point is to use it later to make better decisions. would you all agree with that? i think the witnesses are indicating they yee with that -- agree with that. so the point is to use this information, but first you have to have it in the system. second, it has to be good information that you can act on. and number three, you have to use it going forward as a discriminator on whether you use that contractor again. our staff took a look at, the chart here, we created this chart working with the detention department and captain harrington's office. we took a look at just 2009 and just three agencies. from are our analysis -- from our analysis we c
CSPAN
Mar 23, 2011 2:00am EDT
been a u.s. district judge in chicago since early, 2006 and before that she was spent over ten years as the senior positions in the u.s. attorney's office in the northern district. how word mince has covered court in california in the bay area. for over 14 years in the san jose mercury and kelly sager is a california media law attorney who has represented all types of media and all types of questions involving the media and the law. copyright, privacy and everything in between. so, our session today, new media is it changing the coverage and conduct a trial court proceedings, is i might suggest missing a word, the first word should be how is it changing because it certainly is changing both of those things and we are going to treat those topics which are related but nevertheless distinct and two segments. first we will take a look at how the reporting information about courts and the reason using that quit abruptly is being done and affected by the new forms of communication and will go to about 9:40 on that subject and if you want -- the audience wants to ask questions will be fine.
CSPAN
Mar 4, 2011 6:00am EST
reduced the u.s. workforce by more than 10,000. would have been if we shifted these subsidies to win or other to mr., would not spur job creation in this country? >> i'm just not an expert on these areas. we let the marketplace instead of the centers. we start to incentivize when none of these other areas have an effect not just in job creation, but reposition us for the future in the global economy. >> i think gentleman. before i recognize dr. kosar, we've had a request from two members to had to leave today that there be unanimous and for the general to revise and extend your report. i understand there's additional detail is then requested figure people said they could give the supplemental for this report. is that amenable to you that with the record open for you to supplement with any additional details, for example, agencies, naming them, those sort of things? we realize that's not easily put together in one day. >> i'm sorry. >> dr. kosar is recognized for five minutes. >> mr. davis, and currently cosponsoring resolution x 06, which establishes a bipartisan, presidentially appo
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Mar 4, 2011 6:00am EST
than the uk. maybe the u.s. and uk would play a part. i think people who advocate armed humanitarian intervention need to think quite widely about the kind of coalition that would be put together. >> yes, you had a question in the back. >> i'm maria, i'm a postgraduate student at the african studies. i've been very much following what's been happening in the past month, being from the middle east myself as well, and of course, it's very interesting. and my question is on something that i've been thinking about is the definition of how al-jazeera is defining the professionalism, so to say. the western ethics of journalism, and i put western between two quotations. i wanted to know your upon about how al-jazeera is kind of playing with the idea of distance, the emotional distance. it's not like any other channel. when you watch specific, you can use egypt and libya and tunisia, and i you feel like you are part of the news. al-jazeera has redefined the concept of coverage in the last events. and the other question is what do you think about the exclusion of the al-jazeera to the exclusi
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 2:00am EST
for workgroups. the u.s. leads a workgroup on working with the maritime industry of situational awareness. this is called worker three. what we look at our trends. so far this fiscal year which commenced on the first of what tober. we spent 81 piracy events. of those 37 were successful. again, what the fight by fight lane dollars payoff. if you are 3781, that would probably get you in the hall of fame if your plane based all. and these are generally viewed from a country where the daily wages maybe $2 a day. the site by $5 million sun is a lucrative business to be in. if you have a large diaspora within somalia, and a largely unemployed youth, this is literally at the opportunity of a lifetime. so what is working? we have to the international maritime organization a number of best management practices again for commercial vessels with height reports, it typically means providing -- eliminating the need to access the vessel, but ultimately increasing speed. other vessels that infuse these best management practices this last year of 19 attempted a fax for these vessels, only five
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 10:00am EDT
live at 12:30 eastern with a discussion on this equation in libya and the impact on the u.s. speakers include former as administration official, from the american enterprise institute. and later today, president obama will address the nation on libya, scheduled for 7:30 eastern. we will have live on c-span along with your phone calls. >> tonight, perspectives on the proposed deal between at&t and t-mobile. an antitrust attorney as long whipand the impact on the wireless industry, what the deal faces in the justice department and the potential impact on consumers. ""the communicators" on c-span 2. the c-span networks provide coverage of politics, nonfiction books, american history. all available on television radio, online, and on social media networking sites. content any time through the c- span video library. we have the digital bus local content vehicle bringing resources to your community. it is washington your way, the c-span networks now available in more than 100 million homes. created by cable provided as a public service. >> apportioned from the annual women in the world summ
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 2:00am EDT
general wesley clark. after that i discussion on the state of u.s. public education. >> i am a numbers guy. >> as a visual op-ed columnist for "in york times," charlie blow uses trawls and brett -- charts and graphs i do not decide that will talk about a subject and look for the data. i search for that that person see if there is something interesting and that agrees with an opinion that i have or sometimes what surprises me and what surprised by readers. >> sunday night it 8:00 on c- span. >> no reporter's roundtable on the role of nato in libya. from "washington journal," this is 55 minutes. scully is with "national journal" and we have missy ryan -- pentagon reporter. how significant is it that nato will step up and take the lead? guest: it is an important step but not everything the obama administration wanted. what they have done it is often rise nato countries to enforce the no-fly zone but that is only the first part of the u.n. security council resolution. what the nato countries did not do is authorize the full mandate, which is all necessary means required to protect civilian
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00am EDT
for the removal of all u.s. forces from afghanistan no later than december 31, 2011? and specifically, how do you believe our troops would use such a measure and how deeply the taliban and al qaeda would use such a measure? >> well, to start with the taliban and al qaeda obviously would trumpet this as a victory. as a success. needless to say, it was completely undermined everything that our troopers have fought so much for and sacrificed so much for. ultimately though, this is about power vital national security interests. and as president obama has identified them, foremost among these is in ensuring that al qaeda and other transactional extremists cannot reestablish century such as they had in afghanistan under taliban rule when the 9/11 attacks were planned in afghanistan, the initial training of the attackers was carried out in afghanistan before the attackers moved on to germany and in u.s. flight schools, and then carried out their acts of terror. so needless to say, this would close the door on the very, very hard fought effort, and a mission that i think is seeki
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Mar 29, 2011 2:00am EDT
of the u.s. involvement in libya coming from the national defense university. live cerage at 7:30 p.m. eastern time, 4:30 p.m. on the west coast. for more details, go to our web span.org.uesc- next caller. caller: mike x brother in law as a retired navy cmdr. winners in this latest war is a military industrial complex. mike, you are a good spokesperson for t work complex. is there ever a program of conflict resolution? what if all of the people working for him on conflict resolution -- we have all of these people and putting troop on the ground. where is conflict resolution in this scenario? guest: i would argue that there has been a concerted effort to avoid escalating this problem in libya. we saw that early on when there was a great deal of complaining about the fact that we were not getting involved sooner. during the course of that, there was this conflict resolution effort. the problem is there was a drum beatrom both extremes sides. there was a call for a no-fly zone. some wanted to go out there immediately. the arab league started calling for a no-fly zone. once that happe
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Mar 19, 2011 2:00am EDT
, the u.s. helped out a lot. the u.s. is the most influential in the short term, but there are other opportunities that we should be aware of. >> the second part of the ambassadors question -- are we doing enough to show our support? is it the visible enough? >> i would rather the japanese leaders be the ones -- i suspect we're not doing enough, but i think there is a media overloaded this point. we can take credit later. i hope the japanese leaders take it. >> is there something else we should be doing? >> they are looking for the gaps that could be killed. there is a possibility of outpouring from american organizations once it is clear what the needs are. some of that might be in the area of shelter down the road. but some of the most desperate needs come later, six months down the road when the tv cameras have moved on to the next emergency. sometimes that's sustained support can have more impact than the flashy initiatives. >> like permanent shelter. >> help with long-term reconstruction, it might be more effective. >> is there anything the united states could be doing that it i
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 2:00am EDT
you. >> the house of representatives debated a resolution that would have removed the u.s. troops from afghanistan. the vote was 93-121. this 20 minute portion of the debate. >> i rise in strong opposition. it would undermine the everett of nation's security. insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 3,000 people died on september 11 because we walked away once from afghanistan thinking that it didn't matter who controlled that country, we were wrong then, let us not make the same mistake twice. . as are as the undersecretary of testifies stated earlier this week, the threat emanating from the border of afghanistan and pakistan is not hypothetical. there is no other place in the world that contains such a concentration of senior al qaeda leaders and operational commanders. continue to allow these hostile organizations in this region -- to flourish in this region is to put the security of our friends and allies and the united states at great risk, end quote. to quit the area before we rooted out the terrorists would not
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Mar 9, 2011 6:00am EST
different departments throughout the u.s. government. so you need someone to be able to break through this stovepiping and it can't be a deputy assistant secretary of state who just gets dual hatted to be doing something else besides their regular job which is 20 hours a day anyways with the beeper going off every 30 minutes in the other four hours. you just got to have someone who's full-time job is focused and it's someone with influence, someone that can pick up the phone and say, secretary clinton, it's actually time for you to say or do something now. and someone who can actually move this system, move the needle away from the inertia that just prevades government. this is just where it is. people are well meaning but system is -- it's systemically tilted towards the status quo. to be able to move that needle away from the status quo towards action. that's what you need a special envoy for and we should collectively civil society and the legislative branch press the executive branch to do this as soon as possible. we know president obama moved on the special envoy in -- i
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Mar 30, 2011 7:30am EDT
continues as co-chair of the u.s. helsinki commission on human rights and he's asked for opportunity for opening statement participate in history. senator cardin? >> well, chairman durbin and senator graham, thank you for allowing me to participate in this hearing it i appreciate that very much. the right to freely profess the practice of faith or not to practice a faith is a fundamental right in our country. after more than 200 years our first amendment which stands can states that congress should make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. it continues to be the envy of people around the world. even before the first amendment was ratified, the constitution contained a very important provision in article six, section three that requires all federal state officials to swear an oath or affirmation to support the constitution, provide that no religious still ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the united states. in my own state of maryland, the only christians could have full participation
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Mar 16, 2011 2:00am EDT
additional u.s. forces, more funding for afghan force and additional civilians. >> thank you. now, relative to the pending request to increase the size of afghan security forces by up to an additional 70,000 personnel, i believe you have made that request, is that correct? >> i have, mr. chairman, and m understanding is that the secretary has forwarded that. this was made in consultation with ministers of intior and defense in afghanistan who also gainedresident karzai's support for it. keeping in mind that it reasonable degree of medical certainty a floor of 352,000, and then if there are certain reforms carried through, which are already very much entrained by ministry counterparts in afghanistan in terms of additional commitment to leader development, recruiting, retention, and attrition issues, that the growth would be to 378 total. >> is that a floor of 352, that is approximately 45,000 more than the goal for october, 2011 as i understand it. >> that's correct, mr. chairman, and the afghan forces are on track it appears to reach that goal probably even early as is the case this past ye
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00am EDT
world, there is no precedent for covered bonds operating in a market has broad and deep as the u.s. market. it is an important element but i do not think as some have suggested that it is a silver bullet. >> or a total replacement. i agree. i see secretary geithner agreeing. but you support the basic concept and think we should explored. >> absolutely. >> final question for secretary geithner about japan. they are our second largest creditor after china. the you think there is any risk that in order to respond to the disaster and support their economy in the aftermath, that the japanese will have to resort to selling some of their treasury holdings to raise cash? do you see this having any impact on treasury prices in u.s. interest rates? >> i do not. i should say, senator, that we should all extend our thoughts and concerns to japan. it is an extraordinary challenge for them. it is a very hot -- it has a very high savings rate and it has the ability to deal not just with the humanitarian but the construction challenges they have to face ahead. >> center moran. -- senator moran. >>
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Mar 3, 2011 2:00am EST
. for the u.s. military to properly carry out its mission and maintain readiness and prepare for the future. which brings me to the proposed $70 billion reduction in the defense budget toplines over the next five years. to begin with, this cut is to the rate of the predict growth. the size of the defense budget is still protect did and projected to increase in real inflation adjusted dollars before eventually flattening out of this time. or significantly, efficiencies, reforms that we've undertaken over the past year have made it possible for the department to absorb lower projected growth in the defense budget without sacrificing real military capability. in fact, the savings identified by the services have allowed our military to add some $70 billion to her priority needs a new capabilities. of the $78 billion in proposed reductions to the five-year defense plan, only 10 billion is direct related to military combat capability. for billion of that comes from restructuring the joint strike fighter program. the rest, about 6 billion, results from the proposed increase and decrease in
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Mar 31, 2011 2:00am EDT
the u.s. but we will have to think about how do we produce electricity more efficiently? in addition to producing, we have to think about making sure we are not wasting energy. i do not know how we're doing on the georgetown campus, mr. president, but every institution and household has to start thinking about how are we reducing the amount of energy we're using and doing it in more efficient ways. our homes and businesses consume 40% of the energy we use and it costs billions of dollars in energy. manufacturers that require large amounts of energy to make their products, their challenge by rising energy costs and so you cannot separate the issue of all dependents from the issue of how we're producing more energy generally. that is why we propose new programs to help americans upgrade their homes and businesses and plans with new energy-efficient building materials, new lighting, new windows, new heating and cooling systems. investments that will save consumers and business owners tens of billions of dollars a year and free money for money and investment and hiring and putting contra
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Mar 23, 2011 2:00am EDT
u.s. interests. >> you can change many things, but you cannot change -- we have more than 1,000 kilometers of border between iraq and iran. several thousand years of history. for better or for worse, we are going to have to deal with it. we also have families who are connected. some of our labor comes from iran. we have a very close and almost integrated relationship with iran. but we have different political systems. we continued to insist that our relationships rebuild on mutual respect. we do not want to exports our democracy to the improved we don't want them to interfere. however, that is easier said than done. as you know, the best way to stop interference is not simply to admonish and to demand, but to build our own institutions and to build our own community. -- our own community. because we are in a vulnerable stage of our transition, we are still prone to influence and interference. the stronger our political system becomes, the more routine becomes in the integration of the government and the governors, the more immunity we will have. this myth that a rocky -- ir aqi
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Mar 21, 2011 10:00am EDT
santiago, chile on relations between the u.s. and the region to live coverage of that starts at 3:20 p.m. this afternoon year on c-span. >> tonight on c-span, marking the eighth anniversary of the department of homeland security with former secretary tom ridge and michael chertoff. and current secretary janet napolitano. they discuss the nature of threats facing didn't country, the structure of the agency, and what they miss most about the job. >> people have asked me, do i miss being secretary, and to a certain extent, i say yes, i miss working with the people that i became do trust, respect, and in my ear because of their hard work. particularly in the early months and years. it was very intense but an exciting time. you enjoy what you're doing with a great cause associated. and it is not knowing. not that everything we read every morning was something you would want to run home and talk to the family and kids about. but you do miss not knowing. >> they discussed the department of homeland security tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> c-span sat down last week with potential
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Mar 9, 2011 2:00am EST
market for u.s. markets so that is not all in the negative. i would emphasize a long run energy policy so that we're not havinghis conversation every summer. we know that in the summer the demand -- that in the summer, demand goes up. we are having the same conversation again and again, year after year. whether energy efficiency, domestic production, or other energy policies to alternative fuels, it is importanthat we think those three. price of fuel is one risk. financial problems in europe remain a concern. a year ago, it felt we were getting momentum. the events in greece and some of these spooked financial markets, much like it does, so we continue to monitor the events in europe. third, the housing market remains in the dumps. there are maybe 5 million vacant homes, so i think it seems unlikely that with the reserve army of unemployed homes that it will become rebounding rapidly in the near future. that said, the impact of the housing sector on gdp growth, a major negative drag in 2008 and 2009, its impact on gdp growth in a negativ way has lessened if only because construc
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00am EDT
listeners have a bachelor's degree, compared to only a quarter of the u.s. population. we also know that they are wealthy listeners, mr. speaker. n.p.r. households tend to be more affluent than otr households primarily as a result of their educational retainment. the medium household income of an n.p.r. news listener is about 86 -- $86,000, compared to the national average of about $55,000. we also know that when it comes to geography, more than 99% of the u.s. population has access to at least one n.p.r. station. when it comes to employment the majority of n.p.r. listeners, 63%, are employed full-time. mr. speaker, again i repeat the point. the object of this today is to get n.p.r. out of the taxpayers' pocket. it is time for us to do this. it is time for this structure to be changed. it is time for us to be good stewards and save the money of the american taxpayer. this is another step toward that goal. i reserve the balance of my me. the speaker prtempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentlelady from california. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, i'd now like to reco
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Mar 24, 2011 2:00am EDT
traveled around a number of states but also to speak in the u.s. to congressmen and people on the left and right and journalists and think tanks and ordinary citizens and the same conclusion kept leaping out at me again and again. most americans do not realize how lucky they are you know, the political institution defined the country in many cases unique and almost all cases on usual. i'm talking about term limits, the recall mechanism, the citizens' initiative and referendum and states' rights and localism, open primaries, totally unique feature but ones that make the largest leaders answerable to the rest of us, and above all i'm talking about the direct election of almost everybody. it's human nature to take for granted that which is familiar to us, but it's these institutions growing organically growing out of the constitution that has served to keep your government more and your people free. sometimes i say this and they say there are cultural differences. we are naturally liberal people. we got away from the monarchies and the collapse is into the old world and so on. i'm afraid
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
u.s. jobs. when latin america is more prosperous, the united states is more prosperous. we are bound by a share of values. we see reflections of our own journey in yours. pioneers who open to new frontiers. citizens that have struggled to expand our nation's promise to all people, men and women, white, black, and brown. we are people of faith. let's do our part for the least among us. insuring the democracies' for a people must be the work of all. this is our common history. it is our common heritage. we are all americans. across the americas, parents want their children to run and play and know they will come home safely. fathers want the dignity that comes from work. women want the same opportunities as their husband. on a trip to new worse want to start a new business. -- entrepreurs want a chance to start a new business. but this may be beyond the reach of too many. progress in the americas does not come fast enough, not for the millions that indoor the injustice of extreme poverty. not for the children in shantytown that want the same chance as everybody else. not for the commun
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00am EST
postmaster general john potter from december 2004 and rejects the claim that u.s. ps has overpaid the still service system, civil service retirement system. request for return of $75 billion in overpayments is unfounded and shall not be granted by congress. furthermore sustainment from the board of actuaries which declares that it is accurately determine the financial allegations to the postal service. have unanimous consent to submit this to the record. mr. donahoe beeper and what is your response? >> we have differing opinions. the postal service estimated with external actuaries that we overpaid $75 million. the regulatory commission has the same information and their outside actuaries are estimated we overpaid 50 to 55. there's a meeting of the minds necessary. said down and get this resolved once and for all. i disagree with the letter. >> i could ask, actually have the provisions of the postal service to ask us to review the opm analysis. the regulatory commission is what we believe is an objective analysis bringing in a highly respected third-party expert to review the expectat
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Mar 17, 2011 2:00am EDT
. they could increase. in the u.s., there are only requirements to evacuate within 10 miles. our recommendation would be to reevaluate the current emergency planning. they could interview with the execution of the plans. i apologize for being long winded. >> you are so good at this. >> there are many safety margins have been reduced. we have many examples that we think could be immediately it there. >> would you send me the entire list. how many are within 50 miles of the plants? do you know how many? >> i do not. i am shocked that no one seems to know this. we ought to have this at the tip of our fingers. i keep coming back to this. and probably boring you. there are certain things we absolutely know now. to nobody predicted a 9.0. it is built to withstand a 7.0. i have two plants on earthquake faults or near them. we have been warned by our state geologists that they are new. if the build for nine plan five, we would have not be here. that is the first thing. that's fine? how many of these are there. it seems that these two things you can deal with. >> the jury is dell out. the
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Mar 16, 2011 7:30am EDT
offer on the engagement of the u.s. military and the u.s. government across-the-board in response to this crisis has helped to strengthen the bonds that we have between our -- between our two countries and help make a case, i think, for the logic of why we have a forward-deployed presence in the asian pacific region including the basin footprint that we have in japan. >> i understand that part, mr. secretary. i guess my question is more in line of what role does japan play, if any, in our readiness posture in the pacific? and how is it now going to be affected by what has happened? >> japan is the cornerstone of our approach to the security issues in the asian pacific region and there's a reason why -- why we term it that way and it's not just rhetoric. japan is an incredibly important ally. the questions they bring to the alliance including our basin footprint in japan is absolutely critical to our enduring presence in the asian pacific region. i have absolutely no reason to believe that anything that has transpired in the past few days following the earthquake and the tsunami will
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
don't know, this was a government sponsored u.s./german/italian program that goes back now 16 years i suppose. it's applied core level surface to air missile protection for ground forces. and that, we decided a couple of months ago that we would not pursue them to ourselves, the united states, how come back to the recent animal. and that we would continue through the currently running phase of our international agreement with the germans and the italians and then we would leave the program and the germans and italians could proceed to complete that if they chose to a couple points, widely make that decision? several reasons. it was not -- the program was performing okay. it had performed not okay in the past. so it wasn't -- it didn't stand out on performance grounds, and that gets you attention these days when you don't stand out on performance grounds. secondly, the army's requirements for air defense have come won't surprise you to learn, change somewhat in 16 years. and the kind of capability represented by that program had less party for the army, and heretofore. dud rate had to
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Mar 8, 2011 2:00am EST
james woolsey. tomorrow, an update on international piracy threats. members of the u.s. navy, coast guard, and the royal canadian navy will discuss tactics and how civil unrest is driving more poor people to resort to piracy. it starts at 8:15 eastern on c- span. -- on c-span3. also on c-span3, layer -- ray lahood will testify before the senate transportation committee. now, congressman henry waxman talks about climate change legislation. a ranking democrat on the energy and commerce committee, waxman says that obama should oppose any spending bill that ends the epa's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. this is an hour. quex good morning, everyone and welcome. i am chairman for the action fund. i am pleased you could join us for this morning's discussion with congressman henry waxman. representative waxman is one of the most determined and effective progressive advocates in congress today. we all know that he has his hands full defending against a barrage of attacks on great energy and public health programs. it is a special thanks to the congressman for taking time out
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Mar 10, 2011 6:00am EST
175 universities, industries, and laboratories, including the u.s. chamber of commerce, and it supports the goals outlined in the america competes act and asks that -- and it goes on to ask the congress to reject the cuts adopted by the house funding bill. i would ask that that second letter also be included in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. bingaman: let me move to the issue of homeland security. over the last several years, we've had a lot of speeches here in the senate about the need to bolster border security, particularly along the southern border. enhanced homeland security capabilities -- enhance homeland security capabilities. unfortunately, the budget the house has presented falls short in this respect. the continuing resolution would severe impact the capabilities of the department of homeland security and reduce essential assistance that is provided to organizations at the state and local level. the legislation would be a step back in terms of the progress that we are making in securing our border and ensuring that the communities and law e
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Mar 25, 2011 6:00am EDT
well. the mayor and i vice chair a task force for the u.s. conference of mayors in relation to arnie duncan and the president. our commitment is to try to figure out what the spectrum of mayor involvement in their schools? their basic level is mayors aligning their city services with their school district. at the end is where mayors control their schools. they can appoint a school board, a superintendent. they have influence over the budget. that is all our dreams but we don't all have that flexibility. so the mayor on the national level, and i'll bring it back to the local in a second. but we took on through the u.s. conference of mayors a very important policy called lifo. anybody heard of that? >> it's called laugh in first out. it's called seniority-first layoff. anybody heard of that? >> yes. [laughter] >> it happens at state level and locally that you have school districts and superintendents laying off teachers based on seniority and not based on performance or quality of work. none of us would run a business or city when you have to make choices like that. that's just n
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